Tennessee Parents Go to the Media Over Assignments on Islam



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I’m not sure what to make of this but Common Core is at the root of it.

If your child had to write “Allah is the only god; Mohammad is his prophet” as a school assignment, would it bother you? We’re talking public school here.

Parents in the middle school in Spring Hill, Tennessee, are upset that their children spent three weeks studying Islam and were assigned to write the Shahada profession of the Islamic faith: “Allah is the only god.”

Dissatisfied with the school’s response, they’ve gone to the media.

A mother of a seventh grader told the Columbia Daily News that she took offense to a three week focus on Islam in her daughter’s history course after the class skipped past a chapter on Christianity – the predominant religion in Tennessee.

“I have a big problem with that,” the mother said. “From a historical point of view, that’s a lot of history these kids are missing. Also, for them to spend three weeks on Islam after having skipped Christianity, it seems to me they are making a choice about which religion to discuss.”

Christianity is not required by the standards but the chapter on Islam is, according to one parent.

Tennessee Core follows the national Common Core even though the Governor recently scrapped the standards.

The child’s teacher said she was unhappy about teaching it but didn’t have a choice.

The teacher required students to recite the five pillars verbally, including the Shahada, the mother said.

Maury County Director of Schools Chris Marczak issued a vague statement:

“If we are truly going to Grow Maury County together, then we need to openly talk and discuss about what we want to emphasize in our county,” the statement read. “I encourage you to talk with your children, talk with your teachers, and talk with your principals. We are here to help your children be prepared for life. …

“Our teachers work together to make sure that our students are learning what is expected through the Tennessee academic standards. For this last section on the Islamic World this past week, our educators had students complete an assignment that had an emphasis on Islamic Faith. The assignment covered some sensitive topics that are of importance to Islamic religion and caused some confusion around whether we are asking students to believe in or simply understand the religion,” the statement continued, according to the Spring Hill Homepage.

“Marczak said the teachers were covering world history facts of ‘Europe, Southwest Asia, Africa and Asia in the areas of geography, government, culture, economics and religion’ and suggested that parents discuss the matter with teachers at scheduled Sept. 17 parent-teacher conferences,”

“My child was required to write ‘Allah is the only God,’” another parent said. “This is a seventh grade state standard, and will be on the (state standardized test). Christianity was completely skipped and is not a standard. I didn’t have a problem with the history of Islam being taught, but to go so far as to make my child write the Shahada, is unacceptable.”

The significance of the Shahada is it is the profession of the Muslim faith. It is a verbal acceptance of the faith.

“It did not address the main concern of the parents,” one parent said. “The parents’ concern is not ‘social studies-world history content related to Southwest Asia culture and religion.’ They are concerned that their children are being taught Islam in the classroom.”

Parents are demanding a general meeting and a state representative suggested to the superintendent that it be addressed at a school board meeting on the 10th.

The school said they would be teaching about Christianity later in the year.

This is happening in other district’s throughout the nation.

Last December, parents in Farmville, North Carolina had a similar complaint. The Common Core standards required teachers to go too far in the teaching of Islam, they felt. The same complaint was heard from parents in Florida.

In February, a parent in Seminole Country said the school crossed a line and forced his son to learn an Islamic prayer and make a prayer rug for World History class. Ron Wagner read from part of his son’s world history book, “There is no god, but God. Muhamad is the messenger of God. Other students said they were not required to say the prayers aloud.

Dr. William Saxton, Chairman of Citizens for National Security (CFNS) believes that Islamic fundamentalists have been successful in infiltrating social studies and history texts in Florida and in other states.

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Source: eagnews




  1. This should not be happening in the USA! Prayer is taken out of school but this is ok? I would home school if this is what’s going on! People wake up to what happening! PRAY & stand up! It’s wrong!

    • This is part of Common Core ??? Are Islamic students required to learn about Christ, recite & write the Lord’s Prayer, required to memorize the 23rd Psalm, write that Christ is the son of the only true God, required to draw & color the cross, or carve wooden crosses out of wood ?????? I doubt it !!! What’s fair for the goose is also fair for the gander !!! BUT, first of all I would be taking my child/children out of public school & putting them into a Christian/Christ based school.

      • No, of course it’s not part of Common Core, because Common Core only addresses English and Mathematics standards, NOT Social Studies standards, but that doesn’t prevent S. Noble and every other willfully ignorant person in this country from trying to mislead people, dishonestly invoking “Common Core” as some sort of boogeyman.

  2. Uh, it seems to me that the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states something to the effect of “RELIGIOUS ESTABLISHMENT PROHIBITED… Congress shall make NO LAW respecting an establishment of religion…” This is the separation of church and state clause and as such, it is unconstitutional that the public schools teach religion in ANY WAY SHAPE OR FORM! Various cultures’ history is one thing, religion on the other hand is CONSTITUTIONALLY FORBIDDEN!

    • The First Amendment guarantees freedoms concerning religion, expression, assembly, and the right to petition. It forbids Congress from both promoting one religion over others and also restricting an individual’s religious practices. It guarantees freedom of expression by prohibiting Congress from restricting the press or the rights of individuals to speak freely. It also guarantees the right of citizens to assemble peaceably and to petition their government. It does not forbid the teaching of religion. It prohibits THE GOVERNMENT from restricting individutal religious practices. That being said, allowing schools to teach Islam while ignoring other religions is against the first amendment. A school is not the government but is run by the local City, County and State offices making it a subsidiary of these offices. So they should not be allowed to teach one over the other. No where in the first amendment does it say that religion is FORBIDDEN. It was a clause put into the Constitution to keep the government from forcing one type of religion on the rest of the country.

  3. Muslim religion has no place in our schools. Push, push, push until they take over this country, too. Common Code needs to go.

    • Show me where in the Common Core standards there is any guidance to teach about religions. You’ll be hard-pressed to find it, since Common Core only sets standards for English and Mathematics, not Social Studies. You obviously have no idea what you are talking about.

    • Remember – – Obama has publicly said that the “real” founding fathers were muslim! Of course that is Obama!


  5. NO NO NO! Islam, shariah’n law, has no place here in the U.S. If Christianity doesn’t, to our government oficials either grow a pair and stand up against this president and his cronies, or step down so someone who will can take your place of office, this is and always has been a Christian nation, Tennessee fight like hell you have my support.

  6. Saying the Shahada verbally out loud three times is considered to be conversion to Islam. This is beyond outrageous. Kids aren’t forced to learn the Shema (a Jewish prayer) or the Lord’s Prayer or the Five Tenets of Bahai. Somebody is deliberately manipulating Common Core and the kids’ textbooks to push Islam. Another good reason to seriously consider homeschooling or private schools as an alternative to the public schools.

  7. Common Core is the reason my daughter does not attend public school. The Muslim religion will not be taught to my doughter

    • Common Core is a set of English and Mathematics standards, it has nothing to do with Social Studies, so it has nothing to do with this boneheaded teaching of Islam in class. You obviously made a kneejerk decision about your daughter’s education without actually understanding what Common Core is (and isn’t).

  8. Obama said we are not a Christian Nation and he is doing all he can to make it Muslim.
    We have to put an end to this and get our Country back .
    . Donald Trump in 2016.
    Get Obama out of the White House and into prison for treason and get these Muslim’s that want to convert all of America to their faith, back home.

    • So Obama told the teacher to teach this? Where did you get that “fact” from this article? Add Obama to the list of boogeymen that reactionary conservatives ignorantly blame for everything.

      • Mark, you are obviously an intelligent, and I must say a very patient person. However, most of these people are narrow-minded and have no idea what they are talking about. Thank you for being a voice of reason.

  9. If the teachings of Christ can not be taught in school, if the pledge can not be said then Islam sure as hell can not be taught. Either teach all equally or teach none. Force feeding the Islamic faith, which is what is happening, will not be tolerated

  10. There is only one True God and his names not allah allah is a fictional character made up by a pediphile rapist Mohammed so yes I would demand that the school stop teaching this they can not teach God they Will Not teach allah PERIOD!!!!

  11. There is only one answer. Get a majority of families to remove their kids from schools entirely and go homeschool as a block of parents, maybe hire tutors or something. For entirely different reasons, I ended up doing the same thing, you cant fight these bureaucrats. In the end schools are part of the government monopoly, even private schools and colleges because they all hire the same teachers and administrators, all taught how to educate by the same colleges all controlled by government. You can sue, fight in court or anything else but in the end government protects its own and as far as these teachers and districts are concerned, they are the elites in charge of the government monopoly called education and they will do as they please. I already fought these people and won, but then found out winning in court doesn’t matter. However, the schools are driven by the same thing as all government, greed for money. Convince 30 or 40% of the families to pull their kids out and these districts will eventually shutdown, for lack of money.

  12. Where are the atheists screaming about this “religion” being taught in schools? NO religion should be taught unless it is a “religious” school and only there.

    • I think we don’t know all the facts yet. If they are teaching religion over another as opposed to history then the american civil liberties would jump on it.

  13. Get your facts straight. Gov. Haslam has NOT scrapped Common Core he has embarked on the same rebranding many othrr states are doing. Putting lipstick on a pig doesn’t change the fact that it is still a pig. These courses are indoctrination not education.

    • And Common Core has nothing to do with this, since Common Core is only English and Mathematics standards, has nothing to do with Social Studies. Of course, you could try to prove me wrong, you could find the section of the Common Core that addresses teaching about religions, and specifically Islam.



      Please also show me how Common Core is “indoctrination”. Go ahead, I’ll wait right here.

          • you are pathetic and are showing yourself as an islam/muslim proponent…im sure you’ll get whats coming to you before its all over

            • Wow, you accuse me of being a proponent of islam and make a cowardly veiled threat against me simply because I ask that people support their accusations with facts. It seems your narrow and simple-minded view of the world is extremely threatened by things like logic, reason, and insistence on evidence.

      • This whole article is bullshit, I’d put money on it, 1. I don’t like common core and i think it’s crap but is not going to cause this 2. It’s written purely to create anger and hate.3. If this even came close to happening in a redneck society someone would of been shot dead over it by now. Anything close to this even happening to my grandchildren and someone will I swear to god

        • I don’t know where you see anger and hate in this article – you’re reading into it. Common Core is being used to nationalize education through testing and curricula. Local entities are losing control. The administrators and teachers in all of these districts say they have no choice but to teach this in the way they are teaching it because it’s in the Standards by their own words.

      • I guess I am confused then. Our school system specifically met with parents to discuss the new social studies expectations. We received handouts on TNReady, and they explained that it was Tennessee’s new implementation of Common Core. I do know that social studies has changed significantly this year for my child, who is in the 4th grade. I do not know the origin of the changes that we are experiencing, but I do agree that I do not want my child learning about any religion at school, especially at the levels expressed in this article.

        I found this in regards to the new social studies expectations:


        • Yes, I’m afraid you are confused, either you misunderstood what your school was telling you or your school’s staff misunderstood what had been explained to them. Once again, Common Core neither dictates, nor even suggests Social Studies or History topics to cover. You seem to be misunderstanding the article you linked in your post, because the article does not say Common Core dictates SS or history curriculum. The article specifically states that Common Core is “a set of English language arts and math standards”. The article is saying that Common Core’s emphasis on “nonfiction writing, citing evidence and making arguments” as opposed to older standards’ focus on interpreting fictional literature, allows Social Studies and History to incorporate and be incorporated into lessons that will prepare students to master Common Core competencies. That is, no longer does an academic standard which focuses on language and math neglect social studies.

          to wit: “The old state English language arts standards’ focus on literature and fiction affected how history was taught beyond elementary school, Pegan said. “History became English Part II. History teachers were asked to teach history with standards that were meant for literature,”

          “The Common Core has changed how reading and writing will be taught. The English language arts standards for grades 6 to 12 feature separate sections for using history/social studies and science topics and materials to develop reading comprehension and writing skills.”

          The logical outcome of this is that in a language arts classroom you are more likely to see students practicing reading comprehension through an article on current affairs instead of just fiction, NOT that you are going to see social studies classrooms trying to convert kids to Islam.

  14. Okay, where were you 7th grade parents last year when the 6th grade Social Studies teachers taught about Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, and Christianity!!! We teach about these religions and in this order because this is how they developed chronologically. As 6th grade teachers, we teach about ancient civilizations. To many of these civilizations, religion was a large part, if not the center of their world. I don’t know where this writing, “Allah is the one God” came from. That is strictly part of Islam. However, just to clear up things a bit “the God” of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam traces back to Abraham. So in essence “He” is the only “God.” “He” is just called different names.

    • no one is going to teach my child or force my child to learn any of that crap. you can take that to the bank. we are christians, and thats the bottom line. and “multi-cultural world” doesnt matter here. this is Tennessee, which is part of the United States of America.

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